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Posted: 09 February 2006

Professor Declan Kiberd Appointed to Abbey Theatre Board

Declan Kiberd, professor of Anglo-Irish Literature and Drama at UCD School of English and Drama, has been appointed to the new board of the overhauled Abbey Theatre. Other appointees include Judge Bryan McMahon, actors Olwyn Fouéré and Tom Hickey, playwright Eugene O’Brien, theatre director Lynne Parker and staff representative John Stapleton. Expertise from outside the world of theatre will be brought to the board by Maurice O’Connell, former governor of the Central Bank; businessman Jim Mountjoy, and Suzanne Kelly former president of the Irish Tax Institute.

Photograph of Prof Declan Kiberd
Prof Declan Kiberd

Professor Kiberd has published widely on Irish drama and is internationally recognised as a leading expert on the work of Abbey playwright John Millington Synge. He is the author of the ground-breaking study Synge and the Irish Language and has written extensively on Irish theatre in his books Inventing Ireland and Irish Classics. His most recent book, The Irish Writer and the World was published in the last few months by Cambridge University Press.

The Abbey Theatre is currently undergoing a process of radical redevelopment which will involve relocating to a new building in Dublin’s Docklands in 2009.

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